JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Investigators say an hour after a family left their home a man suspected of breaking into their house was across town selling their property.
Shannon Lee Herring appeared before Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler who found probable cause Friday to charge him with residential burglary and theft-$25,000 or more.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a couple reported last Friday they left their home on Neville Street around 2:15 p.m. When they returned at 5 p.m. they discovered someone had forced open the sliding glass door and stole approximately $40,000 worth of property, including jewelry, cameras, and a computer.
On Monday, an employee of Pawn Express, 3410 E. Nettleton, contacted a detective to report a "very suspicious" person had come to the store Friday and sold a "large amount of jewelry and a computer."
When store employees turned on the computer, it still contained all of the registered owner's information.
"The employee of the pawn shop that made the deal stated that the suspect was Shannon Herring and that he told them that he had tried to pawn the jewelry at Jim's Pawn Shop before coming to them," the affidavit said.
A detective obtained video from both pawn shops and positively identified Herring as the suspect.
According to the court documents, Herring went to Jim's Pawn Shop, 3711 E. Highland, at 3:36 p.m.
"This was approximately one hour after the [victim's] family had left their residence," the detective said in the affidavit. "It is believed that Shannon Herring broke into the residence and took the estimated $40,000 worth of property straight across town to be sold for cash at the pawn shops."
Police arrested Herring on Wednesday. He is currently out on a $15,000 temporary bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 27 at 8:30 a.m.